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Longlist—Saraba Manuscript Prize (Fiction Category)

The following writers were long-listed for the Saraba Manuscript Prize (Fiction Category). The winner and shortlist have been announced. Congratulations to all the writers who made it this far, drawn from over eighty submissions. 


Santi Femi

Santi Femi, Cross-Stitched

Santi Femi is a graduate of the Faculty of Law, University of Ibadan and a member of the Nigerian Bar. His short stories have been published on several online platforms including Sankofa magazine, The Naked Convos, Kalahari Review, etc. He was a writer in residence at the Ebedi Writers’ Residency in Iseyin and he is a 2015 alumnus of the Farafina Creative Writing Trust. He writes and lives in Ibadan.

Cross-Stitched is his first novel.

Ebele Mogo

Ebelechukwu Ijeoma Mogo, IJBG and ​Other ​S​tories

Ebelechukwu Ijeoma Mogo is a doctoral candidate and practitioner in public health. Her writing varies widely and ranges from creative fiction, non-fiction and poetry to health and development issues. She blogs on and is on Twitter and Instagram as @ebyral.

Hannah Onoguwe

Hannah Onoguwe, Sister Dear

Hannah Onoguwe’s work has appeared in Adanna and BLACKBERRY: a magazine, as well as online in Litro, The Missing Slate, Cassava Republic, African Writer, The Kalahari Review, Lawino, The Stockholm Review and Brittle Paper. She is one of the contributing authors to the Imagine Africa 500 anthology. She’s the author of Cupid’s Catapult, a collection of short stories, published under the Nigerian Writers Series, an imprint of ANA.

She studied at the Universities of Ibadan and Jos. When she’s not reading or writing—or being distracted by the Internet—you can probably find her experimenting with a new recipe. She lives in Bayelsa.


Amarachi Priscilla Ekekwe, Beyond the Beautiful Sea

Amarachi Priscilla Ekekwe is a Software Engineer by day and an aspiring author by night. She loves to read and enjoys writing just as much. She has written several short stories and flash fiction, some of which are featured on her personal website and other online platforms.

When she is not writing, she enjoys travelling and exploring new cultures and traditions. She has visited 20 states in her home country of Nigeria and has also travelled to a few countries abroad. You can find her on

Chioma Iwunze-Ibiam

Chioma Iwunze, The Heiress’ Bodyguard

Chioma Iwunze-Ibiam is studying for a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education. Her first novel Finding Love Again was published by Ankara Press. Her second novel, The Heiress’ Bodyguard, was longlisted for the Saraba Manuscript Prize.

She writes about the writing world and offers editorial consultation for budding and professional writers on her award-winning website, Her short stories have appeared in several newspapers and literary journals. Some of them include: MTLS, Long Story Short, Fiction 365, Saraba, Tribes Write, Flash Fiction Press and others. She has also published several journalism stories in newspapers. Awards and prizes include the 2014 ACT award semi-finalist, Cecilia Unaegbu flash fiction contest and farafinablog’s Voice of America flash fiction contest.

Her short stories have been selected for Chimamanda Adichie’s Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop (2010), The Nigerian Academy of Letters (2010), Fidelity Bank International Workshop (2011), Ebedi Hills International Residency Program (2013), FEMRITE Uganda Residency Program (2012).

Israel Okwuje

Israel Okwuje, Frayed Tightropes

Israel Okwuje writes from Festac Town. His short fiction has appeared in such journals as Eclectica, Saraba, and The Kalahari Review. An occasional essayist, he’s got narrative essays in Litro and LitroNY. In 2015, he was selected for the nonfiction seminar at the International Writing Program. Currently, he is completing a book-length memoir on hypertension and hopes to begin a novel immediately afterwards.

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Eboka Chukwudi Peter, Mosaic: Stitches of Stories Lived, Stories Learned and Stories Told

Eboka Chukwudi Peter is from Delta State, Nigeria. He grew up in Benin City, Edo state and has a B.Sc in Business Administration from the University of Benin as well as a Masters Degree in Investment Analysis from Aston Business School, United Kingdom.

In 2008 He attended the Farafina Creative Writing Workshop with Chimamanda Adichie and in 2016 he attended the Writivism Nonfiction Workshop that was held at Accra Ghana. He has had works published in Saraba Magazine and Blanck Digital.

He lives in Lagos, where he co-owns a technology startup and is currently at work on a collection of short stories and a memoir.


Hajara Hussaini Ashara, 1994

Hajara Hussaini Ashara is a twenty-one year old final year Law student at ABU, Zaria. She has been writing since childhood, and most times she loves to think it’s her hobby.


Olisaeloka Onyekaonwu, God of Weeping Skies

Olisaeloka Onyekaonwu grew up in Awka, Anambra state. He studies Mass Communication at the University of Benin, Benin City. He derives delight in staring at stars and in research. He is deeply interested in world history. His work have been published in anthologies, newspapers and magazines both in Nigeria and the UK. He is 19.

TJ Benson

T J Benson, We Won’t Fade into Darkness

TJ Benson is a short story writer, creative photographer and Spaghetti enthusiast whose works have appeared in online and print journals like Kalahari Review, Munyori Journal, the 14th issue of Sentinel Magazine, Paragram Uk, Afridiaspora, Expound Magazine, Sankofa, Contemporary Literary Review, India African Hadithi and more recently Transition Magazine. “An Abundance of Yellow Paper” has been shortlisted for Amab-HBF prize. He has completed a collection of photography and poetry on commission titled Self, a collection of prose-poetry and parables The Devils Music, a collection of afro-sci-fi stories titled We Won’t Fade into Darkness and is currently at work on a novel The Madhouse.